30 year old left handed English opener Adam Lyth has flown out for the destination in Bangladesh to join with block buster star cricketers Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum and Lasith Malinga in Rangpur Riders for the fifth season campaign of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).
Playing for Rangpur Riders will be Lyth’s first ever overseas T20 adventure. The leading run scorer in the NatWest T20 Blast, Adam Lyth is excited to have the opportunity.
He said, “”I’m really looking forward to it. It’s a new challenge, meeting new people and playing for a new team.
“It’s my first experience of something like this, so it will be really interesting to see how different it is to our competition at home.
“We’ve got some fantastic players, both locals and overseas, so it will be tough to get in the team (which includes Gayle and McCullum).
“But hopefully I can do and enjoy some success, both as a team and individually,” he said.
Lyth also said that the offer to play for Rangpur Riders came just after he hammered an incredible 161 in the NatWest T20 Blast against Northamptonshire in August.
The 73 ball blast eventually eclipsed Chris Gayle’s 175 for IPL side Bangalore and Hamilton Masakadza’s 162 for Mountaineers.
The innings of Lyth included 20 fours and 7 sixes.
He said later, “It was a bit of freak thing to do. I always thought I would get a hundred in T20 if I batted for a long enough period of time, but to get 160 I would have never thought that in a million years. To be the third highest scorer in the world, up there alongside Chris Gayle – arguably the best ever T20 batsman – is quite special.”
“On the night, I had a bit of luck in the power play, got through that. Then, after the power play, I pretty much knew that it was going to be my night. Pretty much everything came out of the middle of the bat. It was just one of those nights. It could have easily been somebody else doing it. It could have been Dave Willey or Tom Kohler-Cadmore. Thankfully, it was me.”
“It was just unfortunate that, as a team, we couldn’t qualify for the quarter-finals. I firmly believe that we were up there as one of the best teams in the competition. We should have qualified, and we should have got to Finals Day,” he added.
Lyth said further, “My aspirations of playing for England have never gone away. I want to play again and this might be another opportunity for it to come about.
“It’s a short career and these opportunities don’t come up all the time. I’ll give it a crack and see how it goes.
“You just don’t know what doors it might open in the future. If you do well in this competition, there’s people playing all around the world in T20 leagues. It’s something I’m quite keen on.
“Yorkshire obviously comes first but if I’m not doing anything internationally in the winter, which I’m not at the minute, then these things are options. Hopefully this is the start of something,” he said.